Germany takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union
Today, 1st July 2020, Germany takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the next six months.






Germany takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union
Today, 1st July 2020, Germany takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the next six months.
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EU-China economic relations

in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its tremendous impact on economies around the world, this webinar is to bring together Chinese and European experts to discuss macroeconomic and crisis policy measures taken during the pandemic, both in the EU and China, as well as cooperation potential between both sides to boost the recovery of their own and global economy considering the current geopolitical intergovernmental relations and developments (e.g. EU-China and US-China relations, trade and investment issues etc.).


Ways out of the European-Cambodian Relations Crisis

Discussing solutions for the strained European-Cambodian relations

The roundtable will gather a selected group of experts from Cambodia and the EU in order to discuss the recent EBA withdrawal, future outlooks for Cambodia’s EBA status, how Europe’s relations with Cambodia can be improved through possible trust building activities and what impact the current relations will have on the ASEM meeting in May 2021 hosted by Cambodia. It is our aim to discuss and develop constructive and forward-looking approaches to improve and strengthen the relation between Cambodia and the EU.


Towards a more comprehensive EU Approach to engage with political parties

Expert discussion under Chatham House rule

Political parties are key instruments in achieving power in a representative democracy. This is the main reason why governments and political elites in all countries are highly sensitive to the cooperation of foreign actors with political parties. Through political party cooperation programs, the EU and European stakeholders develop trusting and supportive relationships with future political leaders, irrespective of the ruling government and any potential political changes.


Supporting Participative Democracy at the Local Level: Experiences from Ukraine and Moldova

The European Association for Local Democracy in cooperation with K onrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and theKettering Foundation

Local authorities are facing challenges to deliver sustainable solutions for their communities in a differentiated society and complex environment aggravated by on-going global pandemic. Enhancing participative democracy is thus a key to jointly develop efficient tools and instruments. Through this project ALDA together with Local Democracy Agencies, local authorities and civil society increased capacities and enhanced knowledge on participative approaches to jointly develop sustainable solutions in the selected cities and communities in Ukraine and Moldova.

Expert talk

Co-ordination and trust-building in the Sahel-Region - a partnership in the making

SAHEL Security Digital Dialogue Series: Seminar #1

Following repeated calls for better coordination and cooperation by G5 Sahel member state representatives, analysts and civil society organisations and the creation of a Sahel Coalition by French President Macron, European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Sahel Ángel Losada recently stated that coordination will be amongst the top EU priorities for the region. As the EU prepares to release its renewed Sahel Strategy, we intend to unpack some of the priorities identified by the EUSR and discuss them with counterparts in the region. What has worked so far in terms of coordination? What is left to tackle? How can cooperation amongst very different actors be made more efficient in order to address some of the most pressing security threats in the Sahel?

Expert talk

EU's Connectivity Strategy with Japan

Norms and Standards towards Sustainability

The European Union has committed itself to cooperating with like-minded partners to promote a holistic and sustainable approach to connectivity – in fiscal, economic, social and environmental terms. Boosting connectivity across continents on the one hand requires vast investments. This financing need becomes particularly salient for the EU’s Strategy when put into perspective with competing connectivity schemes, such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative. On the other hand, connectivity is about setting norms and standards. As the world is getting ever more interconnected, governments have to set the legal and technical terms for future transport, energy, digital and people-to-people connectivity. In the future, political influence will to a large degree depend on an international actor’s ability to define and promote these standards. As the world’s biggest single market and transparent rule-making multilateral body, it is imperative for the EU to gain a leading role in this dimension of the global connectivity arena. In this session of the Indo-Pacific Roundtable Series, we pose the following questions: Where do we see the importance of norms and standards at work in specific connectivity projects? To what extent is the EU’s Connectivity Strategy centred on the promotion of norms and standards? In September 2019, the EU launched its “Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure” with Japan. What advantages does this partnership bring and which other schemes could the EU Strategy cooperate with? Is the promise of being part of a global community of shared norms and standards an attractive “selling point” for the EU’s Connectivity Strategy? If not, what would need to change about the Strategy and its communication? Can the EU hold true on its promise of being a driving force in the setting of norms and standards for future connectivity?


Ministerial Debate on circular economy in EU & Latin America, exploring how to create a global circular economy alliance

Online Event

At a time of economic crisis, the circular economy promises to hold some of the most tangible solutions for a sustainable recovery, both in the EU and Latin America. But how exactly can the circular economy contribute to "building back better" in both regions? What can Latin America learn from the European Green Deal and the EU's New Circular Economy Action Plan? And how can we strengthen cooperation between the EU and Latin America, creating an interregional circular economy alliance?


EU Trade Policy in Southeast Asia

Losing credibility through double standards in Cambodia and Vietnam?

In the light of the global decline of multilateralism and the U.S.-China trade war, Southeast Asia is one of many regions where the European Union (EU) should act as a cooperative, value-based partner and promote free trade and democracy. The EU has committed itself to a new free trade agreement (FTA) with Vietnam but has on the other side partially withdrawn “Everything but Arms” trade preference (EBA) for products imported from Cambodia – in both cases the argument of human rights was brought forward. Economic and geopolitical interest of the EU in Vietnam as a partner in the region became evident.


Navigating Stormy Wheather: Dissecting the European and U.S. Contribution to Security and Stability in Iraq

In this seminar we stress the Iraqi perspective on European and U.S. security engagement in Iraq. The question at stake: What does Iraq need from its European and U.S. allies to succeed in protecting its people and securing its territorial integrity? How can Europe and the United States continue to contribute to the capacity building of the Iraqi security sector? On an international level, what are the common interests that would allow for a wider strategic Baghdad-Brussels-Washington partnership to ensure security, stability, and a geopolitical balance? Lastly, what could be the EU's input to the region—especially in light of the prospective results of the current U.S.-Iraqi strategic dialogue? Is Brussels prepared to take on greater responsibility?


New EU Taxonomy and Asian Financial Markets

Join the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for an interactive webinar on Sustainable Finance in the EU and Asia, exploring how to foster cross-regional cooperation on ESG in financial markets – to be held on 07 July 2020, 10-11 AM (CET) / 4-5 PM (Singapore Time)

Green Urban Development Prospects in Africa

From 26th to 27th of April a delegation of African parliamentarians and city mayors visited Brussels in occasion of their one-week study tour to Europe, organized by Dr. Oliver Ruppel, Director of the KAS Regional Programme for Sub Saharan Africa. At an evening event, organized by the MNED Brussels, the participants discussed with Jens Gieseke, MEP and Diederick Zambon, Head of the Public Sector Sub-Saharan Africa of the European Investment Bank, on "Green Urban Development Prospects in Africa". This report gives a summary of the respective topics discussed on the event.

Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit:

Setting the Course for a Sustainable Partnership

The Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung had the pleasure to organize the expert conference: “Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit. Setting the Course for a Sustainable Partnership” on April 11th 2017 in Brussels. The event aimed at exploring new avenues for cooperation and partnership in the extraordinary context of the upcoming G20 Summit and the Africa-EU Summit this year. The report gives an overview of the discussed topics and results of the high-level event.

Water as warrantor for stability

The water-security-nexus in the Middle East

Water, energy and stability are inextricably linked to one another. Water is mandatory in the processes of production, distribution and use of energy. Energy is necessary for the extraction, desalination and distribution of safe drinking water. Access to clean water can therefore be a warrantor for regional stability. This essential relationship of water and stability is a topic of increasing importance. The main objective of the report is to sum up the discussion´s outcomes regarding water as guarantor for regional stability and the water-security-nexus in the Middle East.

A Turning Point in EU-Latin American Relations?

Challenges and Opportunities

This report summarizes the key-messages of the conference "A Turning Point in EU-Latin America Relations? Challenges and Opportunities" held in the European Parliament on 17 November 2016. It also presents some reflections on the potential and future of EU-Latin American relations.

The EU and China in Africa.

Prospects for Cooperation

This report summarizes the main findings of the conference „The EU and China in Africa. Prospects for Cooperation” and delivers concrete policy recommendations. Considering that the impact of EU and China on the African continent has brought benefits and struggles, the conference aimed to assess best pratices and seeked to provide possibilities for pragmatic cooperation of the EU and China in Africa.



Implementing the Paris Agreement

What to expect from future US and Chinese climate policy?

On 06 December 2016 the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organized a political dinner debate, which was hosted by Isaac Valero Ladrón from the cabinet of Miguel Arias Cañete. International climate policy experts discussed about possible consequences of current political developments in the context of the negotiations with regards to the implementation of the Paris Agreement in Marrakesh (COP22) and future US and Chinese climate policies. The report gives a summary of the statements given by the participating experts.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on energy in developing countries

What role for the EU?

This report summarizes the main findings of the seminar "Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal on energy in developing countries - What role for the EU?" and delivers concrete policy recommendations. The seminar had gathered international experts from several global and European institutions engaging in the process of achieving the SDG on energy. Its main objective was to explain the state of play, the prospects, challenges and opportunities of implementing SDG7 in a way that is consistent with climate objectives.

Land Degradation, Climate Change and Migration

Challenges for the EU and Africa

This report gives a summary of the debate about the nexus land degradation, climate change and migration in the European and West African context, held in the European Parliament among high-ranking officials from international institutions and the European Commission. Amongst others, Mrs. Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, H.E. Mr. Hemou, Ambassador of ECOWAS to the EU, and Mr. Calleja Crespo, Director-General of DG ENV, gave insights into the current policy field and upcoming challenges.

European Development Days 2016

Turning commitments into actions?

The report presents the highlights of the European Development Days 2016.

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